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Chorus America champions the dedicated choral singer by developing online resources and tools to advance skills and promoting connections between singers. We recognize that choral singing is the most popular form of participation in the performing arts, that choral singers are active and engaged citizens, and that children who sing have greater academic success and social skills.

Articles

 Overcoming Musical Performance Anxiety

Overcoming Musical Performance Anxiety

A Q&A with Wendy Nixon Stothert

Chorus America Staff | Performance, Singing

Can’t breathe? Butterflies in your stomach? Afraid to open your mouth? Here are some strategies to combat Musical Performance Anxiety.  Read more

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Making Choruses Cool(er)

Making Choruses Cool(er)

A Conversation with Deke Sharon and Josh Habermann

Chorus America Staff | Impact/Value, Innovation, Performance, Repertoire, Singing

At the opening session of Chorus America’s 2014 Conference, conductor Josh Habermann and a cappella pioneer Deke Sharon talked about new trends in vocal music and breaking down boundaries between the classical and pop worlds. Read more

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Documentary Tells the Story of a Very Special Prison Choir

Documentary Tells the Story of a Very Special Prison Choir

Chorus America Staff | Community Outreach, Health, Impact/Value, Singing

Conducting Hope tells the inspiring story of the East Hills Singers at Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas. Producer and director Margie Friedman talks about the only men’s prison choir in the country to perform outside prison walls.  Read more

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Getting in Singing Shape for a New Season

Getting in Singing Shape for a New Season

Lauren Rosenthal | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

Getting back into tip-top singing shape after a summer away from performances and rehearsals can be a physical and mental challenge for even the most experienced chorister. Preparing for a new season? Here is a collection of Chorus America resources and other links from around the web to help you get started. Read more

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40 Years with A Prairie Home Companion

40 Years with A Prairie Home Companion

Kelsey Menehan | History, Performance, Singing

Over the July 4th holiday, A Prairie Home Companion celebrated 40 years on the radio. Philip Brunelle, who was on the very first show in 1974, reflects on his long and fruitful collaboration with the beloved public radio program. Read more

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Different Voice Types, Different Points of View

Different Voice Types, Different Points of View

Lauren Rosenthal | Singing

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sing a vocal part other than your own? A playful series from Classical Minnesota Public Radio takes a look at the world from soprano, alto, tenor, and bass perspectives. Read more

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Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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What's Your Story?

What's Your Story?

A B.O.L.D. Approach to Community Engagement

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation

What choruses can learn from a dance company that uses its art form to help communities tell their own stories. Read more

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Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

A research project about the impact of choir participation on seniors' health builds momentum for lifelong singing.

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Research/Data, Singing

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Resources

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how to train the powerful tongue muscle to cooperate with rather than hinder the singing process. Read more

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The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

Pamela Elrod Huffman | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Believing that the chorus was a corporate entity with a spirit of kinship, famed conductor Robert Shaw used the warm-up period to focus on matters of tuning, tone color, ensemble blend, acoustical conditions, and development of the dynamic palette. We've compiled several of his warm-ups. Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition process.  Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how being both relaxed and alert can bring greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark guides a singer to notice and then release tension while vocalizing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how releasing tension around the eyes contributes to less effortful singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how opening the throat releases tension and allows for greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates the use of breath to center and stabilize the singing process. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

You know that freed-up feeling where it seems your body is singing itself? Singers yearn for more of that, but myriad stresses, tensions, confusions, and vocal issues can get in the way. Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video series, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark describes and demonstrates how this approach has helped her—and the singers she works with—release tension and find greater freedom in their singing. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: The Farinelli Breath Exercises

Virtual Voice Lesson: The Farinelli Breath Exercises

Shauna Fallihee | Singing, Technique/Tool

Carlo Broschi, known as Farinelli, was a famous, and wildly popular castrato of the early 1700s. One of the secrets to his magnificent voice was the seemingly unending stream of breath that supported it. Voice teacher Shauna Fallihee demonstrates the breathing exercises Farinelli created to strengthen the intercostal muscles. Read more

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Events

35th Anniversary Festival Concert

35th Anniversary Festival Concert

River Forest, IL

Oak Park Concer... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Performance

Oak Park Concert Chorale, Paul Lindblad, Director, Proudly Presents 35th Anniversary Festival Concert Read more

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2016 Auditions

San Francisco Lyric Chorus Summer 2016 Auditions

1620 Gough Street, San Francisco, between Austin and Bush Streets

Helene Whitson | Performance

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus invites singers to join us for our Summer 2016 trimester.:  The Sounds of War...  The Pleas for Peace Program: Joseph Haydn:  Mass in Time of War Ralph Vaughan Williams:  Dona Nobis Pacem Rehearsals begin Monday, May 23, 2016. Rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7:15 to 9:45.  Performances will be held on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - AETERNA - Pergolesi Stabat Mater & Duruflé Requiem

Vancouver Chamber Choir - AETERNA - Pergolesi Stabat Mater & Duruflé Requiem

Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

The Vancouver Chamber Choir brings you the finest repertoire for chorus (and orchestra) every Good Friday in hopes that you will make this annual Orpheum concert part of your family's musical tradition. This year the music is particularly wonderful - Pergolesi’s magnificent Stabat Mater, a pinnacle of Italian Baroque music, and the sublimely beautiful Requiem based on Gregorian chant by French master Maurice Duruflé.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - SINGERS’ CHOICE - A Choral Hit Parade

Vancouver Chamber Choir - SINGERS’ CHOICE - A Choral Hit Parade

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

136 singers have been members of the Vancouver Chamber Choir in its first 45 years. Now they all finally get to join in the programme planning process! Each will recommend his or her favourite madrigal, motet, folksong and encore. From the resultant suggestions, it will be Jon’s job to shape a scintillating programme. We expect it to be a veritable choral hit parade!   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE ESSENCE OF MUSIC - Renaissance, Romantic and Rustic

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE ESSENCE OF MUSIC - Renaissance, Romantic and Rustic

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

This concert will be the final event of our 37th annual National Conductors’ Symposium. Jon Washburn and his five invited conductors from around the world will focus on three distinct musical styles — the Renaissance polyphony of Palestrina, Victoria, Lassus and Josquin; the Romantic partsong of Schubert, Schumann, Fauré and Elgar; and the Rustic art of folksong from Britain, France, Germany and North America.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - BRAHMS REQUIEM - The Intimate Brahms

Vancouver Chamber Choir - BRAHMS REQUIEM - The Intimate Brahms

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

Brahms himself wrote this famous arrangement of his beloved Requiem for choir and two pianists. Its clarity presents a new, more intimate perspective, a sort of chamber music sensitivity which penetrates like an X-ray into the inner meanings of this most heartfelt of musical masterpieces. We are joined by the Bergmann Duo and round out this all-Brahms programme with melancholic partsongs and vivacious Hungarian Dances.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE CHRISTMAS STORY - Carols & Readings of the Season

Vancouver Chamber Choir - THE CHRISTMAS STORY - Carols & Readings of the Season

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

Christmas time is carol time. The Christmas spirit can be expressed in so many ways: gently, robustly, ceremonially, intimately, poetically, grandly, angelically, rustically, liturgically or by the simplest song or phrase. Kevin Zakresky leads the VCC in a banquet of seasonal music, with a cameo appearance from Fiona Blackburn and the British Columbia Girls Choir.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - HANDEL’S MESSIAH - The Christmas Masterpiece

Vancouver Chamber Choir - HANDEL’S MESSIAH - The Christmas Masterpiece

Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

Martha Guth, Soprano Susan Platts, Mezzo-soprano Colin Balzer, Tenor Tyler Duncan, Baritone   Christmas time is Messiah time, of course, and this year it’s the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s turn again to do the honours. Experience the power and glory of the world’s favourite choral masterwork, given a unique performance by Jon Washburn, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers and Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, with outstanding Canadian soloists Martha Guth, Susan Platts, Colin Balzer and Tyler Duncan.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - FESTIVA! - Choirs in Concert

Vancouver Chamber Choir - FESTIVA! - Choirs in Concert

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

The VCC and its family of associated choirs present a Choral-Festival-in-One-Night. Led by Jon Washburn, Carrie Tennant and Kevin Zakresky, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers and Vancouver Youth Choir sing individually and in combination. Highlights include Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia and Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine.   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787  Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - MUSIC OF THE AMERICAS - Western Hemispherics

Vancouver Chamber Choir - MUSIC OF THE AMERICAS - Western Hemispherics

Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St)

Steven Belanger | Audiences

Musically, the borders of the Americas are open. We salute the New World, the Western Hemisphere, and its vivacious musical heritage and present-day creative vitality. From Canada and the United States, through Mexico and the Caribbean to Brazil and Argentina, we find the often exuberant and sometimes sleepy sounds of new found lands. Music of Healey Willan, Hernando Franco, Leonard Bernstein, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Jon Washburn, Saúl Cosentino, Samuel Barber, Jorge Córdoba, Astor Piazzolla and Loreena McKennitt!   Tickets: Available Aug 15 at ticketmaster.ca 1-855-985-2787 Student rush tickets $10 at the door Read more

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Dialogue

Questions During Rehearsal?

Questions During Rehearsal?

Anonymous | Rehearsal, Singing

Singers, does your conductor allow questions during rehearsal? What are the pros and cons from your perspective? Read more

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